The Wine Buff

A Toast to West Cork

Posted on: 5th May, 2015 in The Wine Buff

When we first moved from Dublin to West Cork just short of three years ago, it did not take us too long to realise all those people waving at us from their cars were doing so out of friendliness not...

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What’s in a label?

Posted on: 7th April, 2015 in The Wine Buff

You can’t judge a book by the cover. Actually I think you can, but that’s another story! You can definitely tell a good deal about a wine by its label. To start with, I find that an attractive label is...

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Enjoying your glass of wine


Posted on: 9th March, 2015 in The Wine Buff

There are so many traditions, do’s and don’ts, relating to the enjoyment of your glass of wine, it was refreshing for me to read a leading wine writer saying something to the effect of “there are no rules and regulations...

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The extraordinary story of winemaking in the Lebanon

Posted on: 9th February, 2015 in The Wine Buff

The story of winemaking in the Lebanon has been told many times in articles, magazines and online wine blogs, but always deserves a re-telling because it is so inspiring. It is not a new story. The ancient Phoenicians who had...

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Quality German wines

Posted on: 20th January, 2015 in The Wine Buff

Quality wine, or Qualitatswein — except that on a German wine label, it doesn’t necessarily mean the wine is of good quality. Read on. Do we not drink more quality German wine because it is not available in the local...

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How Christmas was nearly lost

Posted on: 1st December, 2014 in The Wine Buff

We take the celebration of Christmas for granted, the trees, gifts, music, and of course the food and wine. How different it would be if Cromwell or the Puritans in America had got their way. Oliver Cromwell must be a...

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History and tradition in a bottle

Posted on: 3rd November, 2014 in The Wine Buff

Some appreciation of the long history and tradition associated with wine and wine making might help to enhance the enjoyment of your evening glass of wine. There is archaeological evidence of wine making in Georgia in the Caucasus and in...

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The best little wine shop ever…

Posted on: 6th October, 2014 in The Wine Buff

Following on from last month’s article, I have decided to open my own little wine shop in one of West Cork’s colourful little towns. It will specialise in wines not at the moment readily available in the area. This will...

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